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Old 02-21-2010, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Went ice fishing with a buddy this afternoon on Vega Lake. There was about a foot of snow covering the lake. The ice near the shore was sort of broken up so each of us ended up putting a leg in a couple of times. Was planning on taking more photos but the batteries died. Here's the mediocre ones I did take.
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Old 02-21-2010, 10:48 PM
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I want to do that. Did you catch anything?
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Old 02-22-2010, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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I want to do that. Did you catch anything?
We were only fishing for about an hour. The weather started getting miserable so we decided to quit early. I had a couple nibbles and that was it. Vega is a hit-and-miss lake for fishing. Generally I don't have much luck up there at any time of the year.
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Old 02-22-2010, 01:36 PM
 
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People frequent the lake here all winter long and pull plenty of fish out. On cold days I see tents and things set up out on the ice. Looks like fun. Other than needing a stubby little pole and a really big drill, how else does it differ from regular fishing? Where can I buy the specialized equipment I might need (pole, auger, tackle... etc)? Any other pointers?
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Old 02-22-2010, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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People frequent the lake here all winter long and pull plenty of fish out. On cold days I see tents and things set up out on the ice. Looks like fun. Other than needing a stubby little pole and a really big drill, how else does it differ from regular fishing? Where can I buy the specialized equipment I might need (pole, auger, tackle... etc)? Any other pointers?
Well ... "pulling plenty of fish out" from Vega is not something one can rely on. My dad thinks its a wonderful lake because the one and only time he's been up there, he and I pulled out our limits (all 14" trout) in a two hour period fishing from the bank near the boat ramp. People in boats kept coming and going and telling us they weren't catching anything. We just happened to luck upon the right spot at the right time. But most of the time I go there it's spotty.

Anyway, you can use a manual auger or a motorized one. The manual one will take you a couple minutes to make the hole. The motorized one takes all of about 20 seconds.

Other than that, same fishing techniques. The old timers recommend dropping the bait or the *** to the bottom and bouncing it on the bottom. They say stirring up the dirt attracts the fish. I don't know about that. All I do is put a worm or some power bait, let it drop to the bottom, then reel it back a foot or two and let it sit. Meal worms are popular too.
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Old 02-22-2010, 02:49 PM
 
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Well ... "pulling plenty of fish out" from Vega is not something one can rely on.
I was actually talking about Palmer Lake, not Vega. Never been to Vega, but yeah, 'plenty of fish' is a relative term. To a non-fisher like me it means more than 0 all season.

Where do I buy a manual auger big enough? Home depot? I would look it up and order it online but I'm afraid having giant piece of steel shipped to myself could be a little costly.
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Old 02-23-2010, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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You can buy an auger at Sportsmans or Walmart.
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Old 02-26-2010, 05:20 PM
 
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I was actually talking about Palmer Lake, not Vega. Never been to Vega, but yeah, 'plenty of fish' is a relative term. To a non-fisher like me it means more than 0 all season.

Where do I buy a manual auger big enough? Home depot? I would look it up and order it online but I'm afraid having giant piece of steel shipped to myself could be a little costly.
I just bought my husband a manual auger for Xmas. I got it from Bass Pro Shop for about $75.00 the shipping was free since it was the holiday season but there is a Bass shop in the Denver area if you are interested.
Although the motorized augers work faster, it was hard for me to justify buying a $250 auger that will get used 3-4 times per season!
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Old 02-26-2010, 05:24 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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Aaaahh I miss ice fishing Co lakes. We even built an ice house out of heavy plastic along with a big heater. We knocked out the fish all winter, Bass, Pike, Trout you name it. On sunny days they often bite very good. Try and map the structure in summer, gps it and then fish the same spots in the ice.
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